PHOTOS: Condoleezza Rice speech protested at U of M - KMSP-TV

PHOTOS: 100+ gather in protest of Condoleezza Rice speech

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

As promised, dozens gathered outside Northrup Auditorium on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus to protest a scheduled speech from former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice was scheduled to speak at 5 p.m., and more than 100 protestors turned out with signs and megaphones on the front steps about an hour beforehand.

Earlier in the week, more than 200 U of M faculty members and students delivered a petition explaining their opposition of Rice's selection to deliver the Distinguished Carlson Lecture, one in a series dedicated to commemorating the advancement of civil rights.

MORE: Read the petition

The petitioners are also intensely critical of the $150,000 speaking fee Rice is expected to collect. They argue that, even though it is funded by private donation, the sum is inconsistent with the civil rights movement's emphasis on economic justice in a time of austerity and economic hardship.

The selection committee, however, says the fee is in line with other speakers of her stature. Colin Powell was paid $100,000 in 2006.

The protestors, many of whom are critical of the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" used during the War on Terror, contend that although Rice is an accomplished African American woman, her involvement in and defense of the Bush administration's national security policies make her a poor candidate to speak on the topic of civil rights. 

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